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Purdue University -- I AM A MAKER Answered

From NBitWonder by way of the MAKE blog, Purdue University has made Makers their Homecoming theme:

I think work should be about making things work. Better. Faster. Smaller. Smarter. So I build bridges between what's known and what's not. I tinker. I toil. I write poetically in an abundance of languages (including code). I hack. I dissect. I have an insatiable desire to un-complicate the complicated. I am easily inspired. I believe that just because it hasn't been thought of doesn't mean it won't be. Potential is my thrill ride. Imagination is my most-used tool. I am a maker, and I am what moves the world forward.

First Obama, now this. What's the world coming to, anyway? Something good, I hope!



9 years ago

I wonder, in the age of globalization, can it be said that countries / etc have market strengths derived from culture.  Creativity in America, for example.

One of my previous colleagues, a 30+ yr PhD Electrical Engineer, had an interesting idea to that effect. He felt it was trite to talk about "the foriegn engineer from ____ that had no practical experience."  More intellegent was to realize different education systems produce different EE's.

American students have much greater access to stocked labratories and workshops- of course those engineers will have more practical experiences.  In some other countries, even text books are shared, so the students will trend towards theoretical strengths.  Compound realities with measurement / grading systems that reward the "best", and you get different "top" engineers.

But that can be a good thing- it's professional diversity.  My colleague argued once you understand this, start using it to your team's advantage.

Perhaps this Maker-meme is a wise investment of American affluence, to stay globally relevant.  We certainly have the $ and time to hack.


Reply 9 years ago

You write, "I wonder, in the age of globalization, can it be said that countries / etc have market strengths derived from culture. Creativity in America, for example."

I think that is the whole reason that globalization works as well as it does. The Economist has written on this at great length. The concept is "competitive advantage." Different people/companies/regions/countries can specialize, and do some thing better than others. An efficient market supports that specialization by allowing consumers to access goods from the best available producer.


Reply 9 years ago

So, is realization of this the reason Purdue and Obama's administration are pushing the Maker meme?

I suppose we can't exactly know the answer, but looks like wise thinking.